MLB Network’s Mark DeRosa on the Deadline, HOF Weekend & Hustle
As we near the trade deadline, it's all about sorting through the rumors, the dream scenarios and the deals that actually make baseball sense. With a partial "for sale" sign posted at Citi Field, the Mets have started their own dealing, but the Yankees made the first chess move in the AL east race.
If there isn't an attainable and available starting pitcher on the market you absolutely love, do the next best thing: build on the bullpen. That's exactly what the Yankees did Tuesday night in a trade for Zach Britton and making the games even shorter for their starters. Now, if all CC Sabathia or Sonny Gray can get you is 5 innings, Aaron Boone has plenty of options to finish off the game.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox countered with a move to strengthen their already stout starting staff. With Eduardo Rodriguez sidelined, Boston is bringing in Nathan Eovaldi to add to Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Drew Pomeranz.
MLB Network analyst and 16-time big leaguer Mark DeRosa dishes on the deadline, his buddy Chipper Jones going into the Hall of Fame and another shift in baseball to more positional players pitching: